Founded in 1988 as LottoAmerica, Powerball has been played since 1992. One of the most successful lotteries in the world, Powerball jackpots can reach $590,500,000. The Powerball jackpot can sometimes go several months without being won, allowing it to build. Powerball winning numbers are often breaking news when the jackpot reaches record-breaking numbers. Forty-four states in the U.S. presently playing the game. The last state to join the Powerball lottery was Wyoming in 2014. Richmond, Indiana, is one of the only places that has sold two mega-jackpot Powerball tickets valued at $200 million and $314 million.